France Best Selling Albums Ever:
Update Part 2

Ace Of Base Happy Nation (1993) : 1 400 000

A real flying star, Ace Of Base shined strong before leaving the map. Happy Nation was everywhere during 18 months. To be honest, 1995 album The Bridge did very well too in France although flopping hard in various markets, even 1998 album Flowers had a nice run inside the Top 75 peaking at #16. Catalog sales of the band are dreadful though.

Patricia Kaas Je Te Dis Vous (1993) : 1 340 000

A similar album to Patricia Kaas 1990 set Scène de Vie covered earlier in this article, Je Te Dis Vous has a advantage of containing the classic song Il Me Dit Que Je Suis Belle. This advantage ends up being quite limited still due to the various compilation, live albums and box sets enjoying the bulk of the artist catalog sales generated by this hit.

Soundtrack The Lion King (1994) : 1 080 000

The Lion King Soundtrack was big everywhere, it was still even bigger in France. The Elton John single Can You Feel The Love Tonight got the impressive total of 10 weeks at the top. The album reached the top too, eventually selling a million. It isn’t selling much this days, especially since the big single from it is already part of every major Elton John compilation. Everything Disney-related material always retain a small light of popularity though thanks to the overwhelming impact of the company in kids life.

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Innocent Eyes

Thank you for updating your million selling albums list.

The biggest surprise is Les Dix Commandements album selling less than Romeo et Juliette’s. I thought that recurrent airplay and use of L’envie d’aimer would enable the former album to get more catalogue sales. Moreover it feels like there’s nothing left known from Roméo et Juliette these days.

Second surprise is poor catalogue sales of De Palmas’ album as some of its singles are getting fairly strong airplay on AC radios.

Looking forward to the rest of your update.


this is a very interesting series (i love all your series!!). i am surprised mostly so far in those 2 articles about Hallyday’s album, but many of the others mentioned, especially the english albums come as no surprise.


Madonna <3